Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Great Helen, Papilio (Princeps) iswara iswara (White)

This butterfly is umistakable with its impressive size in flight. More common in the hills and deeply wooded areas. It can be differentiated from P. helenus by the blue spots on the HW undersides.

Habitat indicator
RSP
WV
PG
VF
FTR
SC
LWDF
LWPF
LMEF
UMN
MN






 x
 x
 x
 x


Frequency observation chart: (S marks the usual occurences, H marks an unusually high occurence, F for first record)
2013
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct

S3
H
S3





2013
2014
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct


S2

S2S3HS2S3S2S2S2S2
2014
2015
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
June
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec




S2
S2
S2
S2
S2
S2


S2

2016
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec


S2


S2
S2(H)





2017
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec




S2 
S2 
 S2
S2 
S2 
S2S3 



2018
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec













2019
Jan
Feb
Mac
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec















Photo of the upperside indicates that this is a male specimen as it lacks 2 red spots on the hind wings.

All photos are taken on 20 April 2013 @ 14:28

Photo of a seemingly female specimen taken in June 2011(observe the two red ocelli on its hindwings.





Impressive contrast of colours and forms



Above photos taken on 28 May 2013 @ noon,

A gaggle of Helens...



Above 3 photos 05 Jan 2014 @ 14:26

13 May 2014@ 12:15

01 June 2014 @ 11:18

04 June 2014 @ 11:50

21 June 2014 @ 12:03

 12:13

12:14
Above photos 17 July 2016

23 July 2016 @ 13:12

Females have 2 large red bordered occelli on the tornal area of the hindwing: 23 Sept 2017 @ 11:41

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